USAI am wondering why with all the YouTube videos out and many from the past I can't seem to find any video with Casey Scheuerell on drums. Is there any film of the shows used to make the live album?Aug 27, 2012 6:29am
Concert in Minsk, Belarus
Minsk BelarusWe are waiting a concert in Minsk! In 1981 I'm first time heard the LP Cosmic Messenger. Since then I love your music!Aug 25, 2012 7:11pm
JJ the Ponty FanHave you guys listened to Return of the Mothership? So far outstanding and better balance of Ponty's violin then the show I saw in Los Angeles.Aug 25, 2012 4:49am
Hi Bob: There was no effect other than reverb when I tried the Fourness electric violin in that clip you saw, and I plugged it into the "Venue" preamp/D.I. by L.R. Baggs, to work on the EQ and make it as warm as possible. Our engineer with Return To Forever who was mixing sound in the hall thought there was a mic on it because it sounded so natural.Aug 24, 2012 11:07pm
Rochester NYHi Jean Luc, I just noticed that Fourness is your current choice for a midi violin. I checked out their website and followed it to a clip of you playing one during a pre-concert sound check. Although listening to a clip via my computer is not ideal, the tone sounds natural and pretty sweet. I'm hoping to hear it live at some point. What color/colors did you go with? P.S. - If you tour again with the Atlantic years band would you consider bringing back your own keyboard and violin effects? That would be amazing. Thanks! Bob SAug 21, 2012 12:58am
Bassist Hadrian Feraud
BMBThanks for the background...I looked him up, and was very, very impressed with his playing. I also like his influences on bass, which include Jaco Pastorius. Hadrian is a terrific musician and it would be great to see him with your band some day...then again, I have enjoyed EVERY musician I've seen with your band, and every concert, especially....the next one :-)Aug 18, 2012 1:32am
Bassist Hadrien Feraud
Hi BMB: our regualr bass player Guy Nsangue Akwa is in the middle of project in Africa, so we hired French electric bassist Hadrien Feraud to play with my band in Serbia on August 16. Hadrien is a phenomenal musician, it was his 28th birthday on the day of that concert, so young and yet he has already played with John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham and other great musicians. He also has done numerous collaborations in the past with our drummer Damien Schmitt, which is how I met him.Aug 17, 2012 11:57pm
BMBI noticed that Hadrian Feraud was the bassist in the most recent JLP band concert. Is this a change of lineup, or is he subbing for Guy? Hadrian certainly has a great bio, that's for sure. Wish I had the $ to be a JLP version of a "Deadhead", i.e. someone who travels around, following the band's performances. The term "Deadhead" comes from those followers of the Grateful Dead, who followed the band from place to place (I'm not a fan of the Dead, but can appreciate the usefulness of the term).Aug 17, 2012 1:02pm
new live album!
Schenectady New York United StatesIt's so nice to see so many like-minded people here talking about how much they love Jean-Luc's music! I too have been a big Ponty fan since the '70s. But I'm surprised no one here has mentioned the brand new live box set of Return to Forever recorded in their 2010 tour with Jean-Luc in the band. The album is called The Mothership Returns....it is 2 CDs of live music and a DVD with 2 alt. versions of tunes from the CDs and a bunch of interviews. Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Frank Gambale and Lenny White do a spectacular performance together and it is an exquisite album! I've only had it for about a month and I've played it 50 times! The album is brand new but it's wonderful! Thank you so much, Jean-Luc!!! and please thank the boys from RTF for me too! and everyone out there...I HIGHLY recommend this album!!! you're the greatest, JLP!Aug 15, 2012 3:30am
Far From the Beaten Paths.
Los Angeles CA USAFar From the Beaten Paths is my song when I am traveling north on California's coastal and less-traveled roads. I wish he and the late Wes Montgomery could have both arranged and recorded together Road Song. Ponty's music is at once a beautiful white table cloth dinner, a meal on an African Beach, a picnic in an urban park, and a fine bottle of wine shared between lovers.Aug 12, 2012 8:39pm